Personal Post: Cousins Do Disney 2014, Final Installment

Hallelujah, right?  The FINAL post from this trip that occurred more than three months ago.  Way to drag a trip out, huh?  It’s just my little way of holding on to the memories a little bit longer. 😉

The end of the week was a little bit rainier and I got tired of lugging the big camera through the parks, so this post will actually cover the last three days of the trip.  If you’ll remember, we left off with princesses headed home to rest and a very excited little thrill seeker headed to the Disney Speedway to go 130 miles per hour around a racetrack.  Speed and endangering my son are so not my thing, so I sent him off with his father.  LiLi and Boom Boom came along, and my Mom is even more neurotic than I am about the safety of my children, so I knew he would be safe.  If anyone was putting her favorite ten year old in harm’s way she would have no problem jumping the racetrack sidewall and heading out to the middle of the road to stop them.  Love her for it.

They put him in the real race car driver suit.  He felt official.  He loved that.  He was safe.  I loved that.

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That’s a serious helmet.

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And the neck brace thing.  YES.

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Doesn’t he remind you of Chubby Bunny when he smiles in that helmet?

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And this is what Collin wanted to drive.  I have a feeling that the Exotic Car Experience is something that will be checked off of his bucket list in the near future.

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Done!!

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He had so much fun!  I love this face!!

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Really, it was a super Awesome experience for our little thrill seeker.  A perfect way for him to spend his Boom Boom and Lili birthday money.  Thank you, Mom and Dad!

This chick.  I love her.

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Magic Kingdom at night!  My favorite!!

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Finally this sweet child had his coveted epileptic seizure inducing light up toy.  He wore the batteries out in the first day.  I do not tell a lie.

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Winnie the Pooh ride!  They had more fun in the line than on the actual ride.

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He wore a glow stick hat.  Oh yes, he did.

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And please pause for a moment to notice the fashion statement that Tal is making on this evening.  The layered pants look is where it’s at, y’all.  I tell you, between the boy with the head that glowed and the boy who decided that his legs needed double the protection on this evening, we were unstoppable.

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He was mocking me.  He knew how I loved the hat.

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I love that my parents love this place so much!

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Awww…look at that momma-son lovin’ while waiting to ride Peter Pan.  Not to sound overly sappy, but these are my favorite moments in Disney.

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It was just fun!  I can’t figure out why we didn’t do this every night.  Nap in the middle of the day and staying in the parks late at night is the way to do it, People.  We knew this, yet we didn’t do it much at all.

The next day was chilly.  Like jeans and a lightweight jacket chilly.  Not awful by any means, but not water ride weather, either.  But see, my smart brother told CB that if she would ride Expedition Everest with him, he would ride Kali River Rapids with her.  She did.  So he did.  She stayed dry.  He was soaked.  And FREEZING.  And I laughed.

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We hauled it back to MK to meet up with everyone else, did the grandparents/grandchildren photo (that I am so thankful for and can’t believe they all cooperated for), and headed home.  It was cold.

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This boy and his balloon.  So stinkin’ sweet.  I love him at three!  I’m so sad that he’s leaving age three behind soon!

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That was the last time that I took the camera to the parks.  But we did do a few photos from the house, and I know a lot of y’all have been curious about what it was like to stay off property.  For a large group, it was great.  There was plenty of space for kids to play, we could easily prepare food, grown ups had their own bedrooms…we loved it.  I do think, though, that I wouldn’t like it so much if it was just the four of us.  You definitely lose a little bit of the Disney Magic.  It’s still fun, though.  Really fun.  Just a different kind of fun.  Here are some photos from the house to give you an idea.

This game room was great!

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This is the neighborhood…every house looked like one of these two.  Hot Air balloons included in the price.

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Lilah Drew love tackles are the BEST.

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And the balloon!  The balloon that we heard about EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  It was so very loved.

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And that’s it!  It was the most wonderful trip.  I loved seeing all of the cousins there and I can’t wait to do it again.  Mom and Dad, thank you for the house!  It was perfect!

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